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Chris Stroud spun a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, forcing a playoff with Ken Duke at 12-under 268 that he would eventually lose on the second hole of sudden death.

Stroud played steady all afternoon, picking up his first of three birdies at the par-5 sixth from 23'4". He followed that with a 10'5" birdie at the par-4 15th and a chip-in birdie from 50'7" on the 18th to force a playoff with Duke. The first playoff hole was halved with par. On the second, Duke carved an approach to tap-in range and Stroud found the GIR. After Stroud narrowly missed his attempt, Duke secured the victory. Stroud can take solace in knowing that this is his best finish on the PGA TOUR.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 06:32:00 PM

As a result of uninspiring results, Jarrod Lyle has decided not to play again during the 2014-15 season.

He's nowhere near his projection entering the season. It's hard enough to resume competitive golf at the highest level, much less in the wake of his serious health battles. So, Lyle and his family will repair their homeland of Australia to regroup. "I need to stress that this decision has nothing to do with my recent illness; I am still healthy and cancer-free," he said. "As the year progressed, it has become increasingly obvious that I am simply not in a position to compete on the PGA TOUR. My goal every single week out here, just like the rest of the field, is to play my best and to be competitive. ... My family and I have had a tough road over the last few years, and now that my health has been given the all clear it is time to turn my attention fully to my career. Just like I did whatever it took to fight for my life in the last few years, I am now going to do whatever it takes to fight for my job."
May 24 - 9:07 PM

With a piece of 10th place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Ben Martin played his way into an exemption for The Open Championship on July 16-19.

Martin started the week slotted 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking from which the top 50 in today's latest edition would be exempt into the field of 156 at St. Andrews. He opened and closed Colonial with 4-under 66s and finished as one of eight at 9-under 271, three strokes off the pace of champion Chris Kirk. As a result, Martin moved to 48th in the OGWR. He's one of eight previously ineligible who punched tickets into the season's third major. The others: J.B. Holmes (13th in the OWGR); Brandt Snedeker (32nd); Ryan Moore (34th); Paul Casey (36th); Branden Grace (37th); Matt Every (46th); Bernd Wiesberger (47th).
May 24 - 8:20 PM

At 2-under-par 69-71-69-69=278, Paul Casey settled for a share of 43rd place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but he leaves town with an exemption into the U.S. Open on June 18-21.

Truth be told, the Brit knew that he'd be exempt once the Official World Golf Ranking was updated following the conclusion of all action this weekend. The top 60 in the latest edition are granted tee times at Chambers Bay. At 36th, Casey is one of 24 previous ineligible that are now officially in the major. The others: J.B. Holmes (13th in the OWGR); Ian Poulter (24th); Lee Westwood (25th); Jamie Donaldson (26th); Victor Dubuisson (30th); Ryan Moore (34th); Thongchai Jaidee (35th); Branden Grace (37th); Danny Willett (39th); Anirban Lahiri (43rd); Miguel Angel Jiménez (44th); Joost Luiten (45th); Matt Every (46th); Bernd Wiesberger (47th); Ben Martin (48th); Shane Lowry (50th); Stephen Gallacher (51st); Tommy Fleetwood (52nd); Charley Hoffman (55th); George Coetzee (57th); Francesco Molinari (58th); Marc Warren (59th); Marc Leishman (60th).
May 24 - 8:01 PM

Chris Kirk authored a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational to post 12-under 268, good for a one-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up.

Kirk began his final frame in a two-way tie for fourth and three shots back of the 54-hole lead. He required 27 putts on his round, but none was more crucial or clutch than the 7'1" putt he drained at the last for par. On his round, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and went 5-for-6 in scrambling. The 30-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on May 8, recorded an eagle-3 on the first and a birdie on the ninth, book-ending his lone bogey at the par-4 seventh. He added par breakers on Nos. 12 and 15, closing the weekend 65-66 for the victory. This is Kirk's fourth PGA TOUR title in 131 starts as a professional. It's his first since the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship. He's already exempt into all of the remaining majors and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
May 24 - 6:22 PM

Colin Montgomerie navigated the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana, to the tune of 8-under-par 72-69-70-69=280, good for a four-stroke victory at the 76th edition of the Senior PGA Championship.

The defending champ slept on a three-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, and then traded six birdies with three bogeys in the finale. Esteban Toledo finished alone in second place at 4-under 284. Woody Austin took solo third at 3-under 285. Langer closed with 74 for outright sixth place at even-par 288. For the week, Montgomerie totaled 15 birdies and dropped just seven strokes, all with bogeys. He won't turn 52 until June, but this is already his third title in a major on the 50-and-over circuit. Today's exempt him into the PGA Championship on Aug. 13-16. He missed the cut the first time the major was contested at Whistling Straits in 2010, but the Scot survived last year's test at Valhalla and placed T69. Incidentally, because he also won the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, he's already exempt into the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on June 18-21.
May 24 - 5:50 PM

Jordan Spieth painted a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 11-under 269 was good for a three-way tie for second with Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

Spieth holed his 18'7" birdie putt on the 18th, sending the Sunday gallery into a frenzy, but alas, he would fall one short of the winner Chris Kirk. The Dallas native, who now has three seconds to go with two victories this season, began the day at 6-under (T10) and five shots back of the lead. On the round, he striped 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation. Of note, he hit all seven fairways and all nine GIR on his inward half. Spieth's five-birdie set included rolls from 27'1" and 22'8" on Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. His lone blemish came as a three-putt from 48'1" on the par-3 16th. This is a career best in three appearances at Colonial for the 21-year-old. The FedExCup points leader collected 208 FedExCup points for his effort and now owns a 630-point margin over Jimmy Walker in second place.
May 24 - 5:47 PM

With a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, Byeong-Hun An soared to his first victory on the European Tour and became the first from Asia to win this tournament.

The 23-year-old South Korean posted 21-under 267 to set the tournament record, six strokes clear of co-runners-up Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jiménez. An hit 14 greens and needed only 22 putts en route to an eagle and five birdies today. The 3 at the par-5 12th was inches from an albatross. (You can view the shot here.) After sharing the 54-hole lead with Francesco Molinari, who led outright after 18 and 36 holes, the Italian opened the finale with a bogey-5 and drifted into sole possession of fifth place nine swings back after a closing 74. "I'm still really excited and over the moon right now," said the champ. "I wasn't expecting this. I didn't know that a win was this close. It came all of a sudden. I've been playing well all year but I never thought I would win this event." Included in the spoils, An is now exempt into the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone.
May 24 - 1:27 PM

At even-par 210 (71-68-71), Louis Oosthuizen withdrew prior to today's final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial due to a neck injury.

This is always the fear with gamers regarding Oosthuizen as he has had a history of reoccurring back and/or neck injuries that have forced withdrawals from tournaments. Some come in the form of mid-tournament WDs, as was the case today. This is his seventh in 91 PGA TOUR starts. Others, where he was in the published field but didn't start, as was the case earlier this year at The Honda Classic. Still others, where he withdraws his commitment to play the event, the latest example coming at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic back in January. If he's able, we'll see him again at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
May 24 - 11:47 AM

Overnight leader Kevin Na conjured up a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 11-under 199 is good for a one-stroke lead over Ian Poulter.

Na, who began the day with a two-shot lead, split nine (of 14) fairways and hit just nine greens in regulation, finishing with 25 putts. The 31-year-old scrambled successfully 7-of-9 times (including five of six on his inward half) adding a second square on the card at the par-4 15th. Today's round wasn't necessarily about the three birdies that Na managed (ranging from 6'11" to 16'11" on No. 3). It was more about his par putts (two in excess of six feet) and most importantly his 6'9" bogey "save" that disappeared on the par-4 fifth, minimizing the damage of a penalty stroke off the tee to just one dropped shot.
May 23 - 3:27 PM

Fort Worth native John Peterson backed up to a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and at 3-over 213 will not be teeing it up on Sunday.

Peterson, who grew up on Colonial Country Club, was one of 15 golfers at T66 after two rounds had been completed, so a second cut of low 70 and ties was required after 54 holes. Joining Peterson on the pine for Sunday: 212--Jarrod Lyle; Harrison Frazar; Steve Wheatcroft; Chad Collins; Patrick Rodgers ... 213--John Peterson ... 216--Kyle Reifers.
May 23 - 3:02 PM

Byeong-Hun An tacked on a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to Friday's 64 and is tied for the lead going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

An made seven birdies in all and ended with a pair of par breakers to pull alongside Francesco Molinari at 14-under 202. The duo will head off on their final lap two shots clear of Thongchai Jaidee. An hit 15 greens in regulation (47 out of 54 this week) and split 9 (of 14) fairways. He was 2-for-3 in scrambling and took 27 putts. The young South Korean has posted an impressive six top 15s in his rookie season on the European Tour but hasn't entered a final round higher than T7 or nearer than five shots off the lead. In other words, this is his first legitimate shot at victory.
May 23 - 12:53 PM

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